CROA/UW Opportunities

2024-2025 Fire Department Grants for Innovative Co-Response Programs

The University of Washington School of Social Work, in collaboration with the Co-Responder Outreach Alliance, is pleased to announce the availability of eight fire department innovation grants for the delivery of co-response services. The purpose of these grants is to encourage the development of fire-based co-response programs within the emergency response system, bringing together critical, multi-disciplinary approaches to address complex medical and behavioral health needs in the field, and to spur innovation in key areas to strengthen Washington’s crisis care continuum. The intent of these grants is also to pilot high-quality training for firefighters and EMS personnel who currently lack a systemic approach to prepare them to work with individuals experiencing behavioral health needs. RFQ and application questions are available here.


February 8, 2024, Grant Information and Listening Session:

2024 CROA Retreat for Washington State Co-Response Teams

Please join us on April 19 for the second annual co-response team retreat at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. Information about our agenda and sponsorship opportunities here.

*February 15th Update: Tickets are sold out.  Click here to join the waitlist.






Training Opportunities

2024 Mobile integrated health Clinical and leadership summit

Where: Nashville, TN
When: March 21-22, 2024

About: See above website for upcoming details. Also see here for their MIH Bootcamp leading up to the Summit.

Snohomish County EMS Community Care Summit

Where: Everett, WA
When: March 27, 2024
Registration: Link here


Snohomish County EMS is pleased to announce a Community Care Summit on Wednesday, March 27 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Funded by a grant from the North Region EMS & Trauma Care Council and hosted by SCEMS, the summit will be held at Everett Community College’s Henry M. Jackson Hall. 
We aim to bring together co-responders from Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan, Island, and Whatcom Counties, as well as regional social service agencies, to facilitate knowledge sharing, brainstorming, and networking among organizations that currently provide – or hope to provide – community outreach services. A dynamic day of panel discussions, round table exercises, and networking is planned.
Please share the attached flyer with your outreach personnel, Community Resource Paramedics, co-responders, or anyone motivated to explore alternative solutions to support community health. This event is FREE for all attendees and some prehospital continuing education credit will be offered. Coffee and water will be available on-site; however, attendees should be prepared with a bag lunch to maximize networking opportunities.  
Register on Eventbrite by clicking the link below. Updates and the event agenda are forthcoming and will be posted in the SCEMS Newsletter and through Eventbrite to registered attendees. Please contact with questions or to suggest service organizations you believe should be included.
We look forward to seeing you there!
P.S. If your agency is interested in supporting this FREE event by contributing materials, providing beverages or snacks, or helping ensure participant comfort, please contact 

National Co-responder Conference (CORCON)

Where: Omaha, NE
When: June 9-12, 2024

About: Currently accepting presentation proposals at website above.


2024 International Deflection & Pre-Arrest Diversion Summit

Where: Seattle, WA
When: October 29-November 1, 2024

About: We are very excited to announce the 2024 International PTACC Training Summit! Network with first responders, community organization colleagues and treatment partners in the field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion over four (4) days of training, inspiration, learning, and connecting. To get the early bird discounted summit rate, please register by June 30th and book your accommodations now while space remains!

Sharing the Load: How to Empower and Leverage Diverse Expertise to Expand First Response

Where: Virtual
When: February 28, 2024
Registration: Here


Hosted by The Council of State Governments Justice Center and supported by the Joyce Foundation 

Join the CSG Justice Center for a facilitated panel discussion highlighting the efforts that Expanding First Response Commission members have been taking to enact community responder programs through collaborative efforts. Many of these successful efforts will be part of the Expanding First Response Commission’s upcoming report.  

The event will feature remarks from Chief John Moon, a former Freedom House emergency medical technician and retired assistant chief of Pittsburgh EMS, who pioneered emergency response and community responder efforts in Pittsburgh as one of America’s first emergency medical technicians. 

The national Expanding First Response Commission, launched last year by the CSG Justice Center with support from the Joyce Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Stand Together Trust, brought together a diverse group of leaders from across the country to shape the conversation on first response and offer recommendations for the advancement of community responder programs in jurisdictions across the nation. 


  • Sarah Wurzburg, Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center (facilitator) 
  • Anne Larsen, Program Manager, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center (facilitator) 
  • Chief John Moon, Former Freedom House Emergency Medical Technician; Retired Assistant Chief of Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services (keynote speaker) 
  • Mark Gale, Criminal Justice Chair, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Greater Los Angeles County, CA (panelist) 
  • Chief Anthony Holloway, Police Chief, St. Petersburg Police Department, FL (panelist) 
  • Tansy McNulty, Founder and CEO, 1 Million Madly Motivated Moms, Las Vegas, NV (panelist) 
  • Annie Burwell, Program Manager, Crisis Response Unit, Round Rock Fire Department, TX (panelist) 
  • Carlos Sosa-Lombardo, Director, Department of Community Resilience, City of New Haven, CT (panelist) 
  • Reverend Dr. Charles F. Boyer, Co-founder, Salvation and Social Justice, Trenton, NJ (panelist) 


Funding Opportunities


SAMHSA GAINS Center Learning Collaborative for Creating and Enhancing Community-Level Partnerships Among First Responders and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)SAMHSA’s GAINS Center Criminal Justice Learning Collaboratives ( (a year-long learning/implementation cohort). Funds available for “establishing and strengthening partnerships among law enforcement and other first responder entities and CCBHCs at the local level, with a focus on providing first law enforcement-friendly options for addressing the acute needs of people who are in mental health crises.”

WASPC Mental Health Field Response Grant

The Mental Health Field Response (MHFR) grant program was formed in 2018 with the passage of HB 2892. Codified in RCW 36.28A.440, the purpose of the program is to assist local law enforcement to establish and/or expand mental health field response capabilities, utilizing mental health professionals (MHPs) to professionally, humanely, and safely respond to crises involving persons with behavioral health issues with treatment, diversion, and to reduce incarceration. WASPC originally awarded funds for the 2023-2025 biennium in July 2023 and has a small amount of unallocated funds available. 

WASPC Arrest and jail alternatives grant

The Arrest and Jail Alternatives (AJA) grant program was formed in 2019 with the passage of SB 1767. Codified in RCW 36.28A.450, the program supports local initiatives to properly identify criminal justice system-involved persons with substance use disorders and other behavioral health needs and engage them with therapeutic interventions and other services. WASPC originally awarded funds for the 2023-2025 biennium in July 2023 and has a small amount of unallocated funds available. 

BJA FY24 Justice and Mental health collaboration Program

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports innovative cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Through the FY 2024 JMHCP funding opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance provides grant funding to help organizations prepare, create, or expand comprehensive plans and then implement these collaborative projects to target people who qualify.

JMHCP awards will have a focus on pretrial, prosecution, courts, probation/parole, and addressing the needs directly related to the criminal activity of adults with mental health conditions, living in homelessness or marginalized communities with minimal access to treatment, needing wrap around services, in the criminal justice system and leaving incarceration.

If you are interested in applying here are some additional resources.

NIJ FY24 Research and Evaluation on 911, Alternative Hotlines, and Alternative Responder Models

NIJ seeks research and evaluation proposals on the ability of 911 and alternative, three-digit service numbers (e.g., 311, 211, 988) to assess public service and safety needs and respond to them safely, efficiently, effectively, and equitably.

This includes research on new methods and technologies to support effective and equitable responses to public calls for service, such as training and operating procedures of call takers and dispatchers to ensure accurate and unbiased coding, priority assessment, and dispatch decisions. It also includes evaluations of the public’s knowledge and use of alternative three-digit service numbers and the degree to which alternative numbers receive and adequately address the types of calls they are intended to divert from 911.

This solicitation also invites proposals to evaluate the effectiveness of models that employ non-sworn first responders in partnership with, or as an alternative to, police response or enforcement.

In addition, NIJ invites proposals that evaluate alternative traffic enforcement models, including changes in types of traffic violations sworn officers enforce and new measures to employ non-sworn personnel for traffic violations.

Application Instructions

Applications will be submitted in a two-step process, each step with its own deadline:

Submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Deadline: April 30, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants.
JustGrants Deadline: May 14, 2024 at 8:59 p.m. ET

Applicants must register with and JustGrants prior to submitting an application.

This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the OJP Response Center: 800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); or email See also NIJ’s solicitation FAQ webpage.

The following application elements must be included in the application to meet the basic minimum requirements to advance to peer review and receive consideration for funding:

SF-424 and SF-LLL (in
Proposal Narrative (in JustGrants).
Budget Web-Based Form, which includes the budget details and the budget narrative (in JustGrants).
Curriculum Vitae/Resumes for Key Personnel. (For purposes of this solicitation, “key personnel” means the principal investigator, and any and all co-principal investigators.)


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